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Month: March 2011

MUDRAS : INSPIRING GESTURES

I consider myself lucky for being exposed to fascinating diversities that are so apparent in my current work place and its surroundings.  Penang isn’t only a foodie’s paradise but a multi-racial haven where various cultures and religions breathe and thrive harmoniously. In a community where Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism (and Christianity) mix peacefully, I found myself having profound respect for these religions. Despite…

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FOOD PORN : PENANG

It’s an understatement to state that Penang offers a variety of food choices because food options in this part of Malaysia is limitless! It’s as diverse as its people (Malay, Indian and Chinese). However, since taste is subjective, one may be easily satisfied with affordable and delicious dim sum from food stalls in the streets,…

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THEIR FIRST FEW DAYS IN PENANG

Je suis tellement heureuse pour vous. Dis bonjour à Ma’am Santos Que Dieu vous bénisse toujours (I’m so happy for you. Say hello to Ma’am Santos May God bless you always) -This was one of the several comments I’ve received on facebook after I’ve posted a photo of my son and wife’s arrival in Penang…

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FROM THIS DAY FORWARD

Another chapter in our family life will unfold today. My life in Penang will be happier for this late afternoon, my wife, Tina and our kid, Gabby will arrive from Manila via Kuala Lumpur. They’ll be staying here with me on dependent visa until (my work visa expires) God wants us to be here. I certainly know…

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PINOY ‘ATA KAMI!

“We, Filipinos are resilient enough with adversities; we can even smile despite the fact that the city has been indundated or houses have been covered with ash fall. We are just one bunch of happy people.” I uttered these lines or so the other day to one of our senior colleagues who heads the Medical…

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SOME THINGS TO ABSORB

Have you ever thought of spending at least an hour of your week with no worries even a bit; and just be child-like again? Thinking about it almost seemed like a luxury already but I did. I already did. 😀 Five weeks ago, I decided to pursue my frustration want of learning to play the violin.  I know I am a beginner and…

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I LOVE JAPAN BECAUSE OF THESE

Honestly, I cannot get over the news about how Japan was inundated by that massive tsunami and jolted by that tremendous earthquake a couple of days ago.  I was ashamed of myself dwelling on my little personal and professional problems while people on the other side of the planet were fighting for survival against forces beyond their control. I prayed and asked for forgiveness; asked…

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THE ANTHOLOGY OF CHAR KOAY TEOW

For the past 7 months of being an expat here in Penang, there’s a little emptiness that I feel without my usual noodle or pasta fix (drama!). I long for Pancit Malabon or even palabok among our local noodle dishes; pesto and seafood marinara for pasta (When I asked my colleagues if they’ve spotted pesto bottles in groceries here,…

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THAT’S MY BOY!

Class pictures are always fun! Here are my son’s latest with his classmates and teacher+principal in his Preparatory class, his 3rd and last year in Pre-School…. formal photo…*try to spot Gabby, if you can..* then that wacky pose… *Gabby didn’t strike his antics; maintained his sweet smile from ear to ear!* We may not have…

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410 THREAD COUNT COMFORTER SET FOR 1 RINGGIT ONLY

As of this posting, I have not seen the 2009 American movie adaptation, “Confessions of a Shopaholic” of the series that was written by Sophie Kinsella; starred a certain, Isla Fisher as the shopping addict. Nevertheless, I had that film in mind as I exerted efforts in waking up early on a supposed to be lazy Saturday morning, hopped on the bus…

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